The Gentleman’s Club

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Anna Greenblatt

Anna Greenblatt

Raymond Nelson is a teacher at the Memminger Elementary school in South Carolina. His job is to educate his students based on the standard school curriculum of the state. However, Nelson has gone above and beyond the call of duty by creating the Gentleman’s Club.

The Gentleman’s Club is an extracurricular club that meets every Wednesday and caters to about 60 students from the elementary school. During such meetings, Nelson provides the boys who attend with life lessons on etiquette. He teaches and demonstrates the art of shaking hands, making eye contact, common courtesy, and conducting oneself in a proper way. Each week, the students show up for the meeting in suits and ties. Nelson keeps a stash of suits and ties in his classroom for those who do not have any at home.

The purpose of creating this club, according to Nelson, was to instill in the boys the principle of “look good, feel good, do good.” Some of the boys in Raymond Nelson’s class do not have a father living with them and so Nelson has become a father figure to some of the boys. The work that he has done to make sure that these students live the most successful life that they can is demonstrated by Nelson’s teaching abilities both inside and outside of the classroom.

Thank you Mr. Nelson for your hard work and dedication.

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